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Woburn, MA- Kendall Research Systems (KRS) and Ferro Solutions (FS) will launch the FireFly™ wireless optogenetics system for neuroscience research at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience conference being held November 15 through 19 in Washington, DC. Developed in part with support from the National Institutes of Health Office of the Director (OD) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the commercial system represents several years of work between FS, KRS, the Boyden lab at MIT, and input from an international cohort of beta testers.

“One of the many benefits that this system provides to researchers is the ability to deliver optical neuromodulation without wires or batteries,” said Christian Wentz, founder of KRS, who invented the first wireless optogenetics system while a student at MIT. “While other tools use cumbersome optical tethers or batteries that require charging and increase handling of the subjects, the FireFlyTM system uses ultralight hardware, called headstages, that collect power wirelessly and communicate via BlueTooth LE to the client software. For the first time, these tools give researchers the ability to conduct long-term experiments, with multiple subjects that are freely moving and exhibit more natural behaviors. We've also built out a host of features to make the experiment itself easier to conduct, like cloud connectivity for event monitoring, and it’s been designed for expansion to other sensors, such as neural recording."

KRS and Ferro Solutions have built a system that is easy-to-use, right out of the box. The FireFly™ system includes features that will expand with a lab’s needs. Users can program and update unique waveforms for each FireFlyTM wireless headstage, schedule saved waveforms to run at a specific time, or write scripts in MATLAB or Python to connect to the FireFly™ software API, allowing integration of existing hardware such as a beam break to create a closed-loop experimental system.

“With the commercial launch of this system, we are providing an incredibly useful and powerful tool that meets FCC and CE requirements," according to Kevin O'Handley, COO of FS. "The wireless power transmitter, wireless communication architecture & components, and the software represent a platform that will enable closed-loop experiments, integration with existing triggers, and in the coming year, will allow simultaneous recording and stimulation."

Woburn, MA- Ferro Solutions is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a multi-year Phase II SBIR from National Institutes of Health to develop and commercialize a Closed-Loop Wireless Optical Neuromodulation System. Funding comes from the Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (OD) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Collaboration with the Boyden lab at MIT continues from the phase I effort and a new group, Kendall Research Systems, LLC (KRS) joins as a partner and sub-contractor.

“We are very excited to continue our work with Prof. Boyden and his group at MIT," said Jiankang Huang, President of Ferro Solutions. "In addition to the cutting edge R&D the team will conduct in this program, Ferro Solutions, with our partner Kendall Research Systems, will bring to market a wirelessly powered optogenetic system for freely moving subjects. This system will support the growth of the field and enable researchers to conduct studies that are not possible with tethered or battery powered hardware today."

In addition to the collaboration on the SBIR program, Ferro Solutions and KRS announced that Ferro will be the exclusive distributor for KRS systems in North America. The companies first joint marketing event will be the 2014 Society for Neuroscience exhibit hall.

For more information, visit the KRS booth, #1729, at the Society for Neuroscience conference, November 15 - 19 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

WOBURN— Ferro Solutions announces that they have been awarded a Phase I SBIR grant from the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) to develop a wireless power system for optogenetic deep brain stimulation (DBS). Ed Boyden from MIT will lead the optogentic effort while the FS team will focus on power delivery and communications.

WOBURN— Ferro Solutions announces that they have been awarded a Phase I SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop MEMS scale magnetoelectric devices for wireless power transfer for implanted medical devices. When commercialized, this system will enable micro-implanted medical devices and novel medical therapies such as drug delivery, nerve stimulation, and biosensors that are not possible today.

WOBURN— Ferro Solutions announces that they have been awarded a Phase I SBIR grant from the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) to develop a wireless power system for optogenetic deep brain stimulation (DBS). Ed Boyden from MIT will lead the optogentic effort while the FS team will focus on power delivery and communications.

WOBURN— Ferro Solutions announces that they have been awarded a Phase II STTR from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop a novel heat management system for high power underwater transducers. Our university partner is Carnegie Mellon and our transducer partner is Image Acoustics.

WOBURN— Ferro Solutions announces that they have been awarded a Phase I SBIR from the Defense Microelectronic Activity (DMEA) to demonstrate the feasibility of magnetic communication using multiple magnetoelectric (ME) antenna.

WOBURN— Ferro Solutions announces that they have been awarded a two year contract from the Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) for the development of a novel near-field magnetic communication system. The project will support the development of a man-packable prototype that will provide through-the-earth voice and text communication. In addition to military users, this system will support communications for infrastructure inspection and first responders in environments where traditional two-way radios do not work.

CAMBRIDGE — Ferro Solutions announces that they have been awarded a three year grant from the Advanced Technology Program (ATP) for the development of a novel wireless power transfer system. The $2 million grant will support the development of microfabrication processes and designs of our magnetoelastic/electroactive technology that will enable the miniaturization of power systems for implanted medical devices and embedded sensor systems. View the ATP announcement >>

CAMBRIDGE — Ferro Solutions announces that they have been awarded a Phase I SBIR contract from the US Army for the development of ground-vehicle magnetic-field anomoly sensors that will enable the systems that protect soldiers from grenades and other threats.

CAMBRIDGE — Ferro Solutions announces that they and 3Phoenix have been awarded a Phase I STTR contract from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for the development of self-powered wireless sensor nodes that will enable the monitoring of shipboard conditions and the monitoring of equipment health. The university partner is North Carolina A&T University. 3Phoenix is the lead contractor.

CAMBRIDGE —Ferro Solutions announces they have been awarded a Phase II STTR contract from the Naval Underwater Warfare Center (NUWC) for the further development of hybrid Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloy (FSMA) transducers. Ferro Solutions is working with Image Acoustics and MIT on this project that has a total value of $2.5 million if all options are exercised.

CAMBRIDGE — Ferro Solutions announces the award of a Phase II STTR contract from the Office of Naval Research and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for the development of energy harvesters and sensors designed and optimized for rotating environments. Ferro Solutions' university partner is MIT's Department of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. The total value of the project is $2.5 million if all options are exercised.

CAMBRIDGE — Hoping to boost the fledgling business of creating low-powered networks of industrial sensors and devices, a Kendall Square start-up is rolling out a system that uses no batteries — just "energy harvesters" that can convert the vibrations of machinery and air-conditioning systems into enough electricty to transmit small bursts of data. Read full story >>

MillennialNet Inc. and Ferro Solutions have formed a technology partnership and successful demonstration of a battery-free version of Millennial's i-Bean wireless sensor networking device. MillennialNet manufactures hardware and software for self-organizing, wireless sensor networks. Ferro develops energy-harvesting technologies. Read full story >>

Cambridge, Mass. — Millennial Net, a Cambridge, Mass.-based developer of hardware and software for self-organizing, wireless sensor networks, and Ferro Solutions, a developer of energy-harvesting technologies, said they formed a technology partnership to deliver battery-free wireless sensor networks. Read full story >>

When a passing truck causes a conference room table to vibrate, Jiankang Huang and Kevin O'Handley don't just idly grab hold of their pens to keep them from rolling to the floor. Read full story >>

SAN JOSE, Calif. — In an effort to overcome the battery-life issue facing remote wireless sensor networks, Millennial Net Inc. has paired its i-Bean wireless technology with "energy harvesting" technology from startup Ferro Solutions Inc. Read full story >>